After several sets of teaser photos, Mazda has revealed its new CX-4 crossover in China. The CX-4 is intended as a Chinese-market model and is unlikely to come to the U.S., even though it looks like a stylish addition to the company’s growing SUV lineup that already includes the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9.
Styled using the company’s Kodo design language, the Mazda CX-4 has long, low proportions that appear more like a hatchback or station wagon than a traditional SUV. The roofline slopes dramatically, and the rear window is angled sharply before meeting the vertical liftgate. Mazda says the CX-4 is supposed to have a “sleek, coupe-like” look with a “planted stance,” and indeed the car’s silhouette is significantly sportier than, say, the CX-5 crossover. In fact, at 182.4 inches long and 60.4 inches tall, the CX-4 is a little longer and a little lower than a CX-5.
Other design cues include curving character creases that extend from the hood along the bodysides, blacked-out pillars to give a floating-roof effect, and giant aluminum wheels. Inside, the Mazda CX-4 is more traditional Mazda fare, with a touchscreen infotainment system positioned atop the dashboard, large analog gauges behind the three-spoke steering wheel, stylish controls, and a mix of high-quality leathers and plastics adorning the cabin.
The car’s two powertrains are familiar from U.S.-market Mazdas, with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four that comes only in front-wheel-drive models, with 17-inch wheels and either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. An upgraded 2.5-liter engine comes with all-wheel drive and the automatic transmission, plus 19-inch wheels. Mazda’s active-safety systems, as well as its i-ELOOP fuel-saving system, will all be offered on the CX-4 as options.
The Mazda CX-4 goes on sale in China this June, reflecting that country’s growing appetite for SUVs and crossovers. For now, there are no confirmed plans to sell the CX-4 elsewhere.